What are NFA (The National Firearms Act of 1934) weapons? Essentially they are: machine guns, sound suppressors (also known as silencers or cans), all shotguns with a barrel length less than 18", all rifles with a barrel length less than 16", destructive devices, and "any other weapons" or AOW for short. AOW includes cane guns, pen guns, smooth bore guns, and a couple other devices.
Here is a summary of the steps for purchasing an NFA weapon.
- Contact a firearms dealer near you to make sure you can possess NFA weapons in your area.
- Complete your purchase with the seller. The item is now yours but you cannot possess it.
- Complete a Form 4. Dealers will usually do this for you.
(a) If you are registering the weapon as an individual, you must provide 2 completed fingerprint cards, 2 passport photos and the Form 4 must be signed by the Chief Law Enforcement Officer for your area.
(b) If you are registering the weapon to a corporation or trust, you will need to provide a copy of the Articles of Incorporation or the trust documents. (No fingerprint cards or photographs are needed for a trust or corporation)
- Send 2 copies of the completed Form 4, items from either 3a or 3b above, and a check made out to the Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) for $200 ($5 for AOW).
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